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ASANEBO....one true star!

fdb Nov 14, 2007 09:22 PM

Just had an omakase at Asanebo, and understood why they received one star. They not only serve excellent food with awesome presentation, but we felt well taken care of. Stellar service from the chef, server, reception....a total enjoyment! In light of some recent posts on sushi chef attitude, I highly recommend Asanebo for a sublime dining experience.

  1. Bon Vivant Nov 15, 2007 08:05 AM

    I went there just before news of the Michelin star and had a not so great experience: we paid $100 per person for fish with a very watery texture. Even before the star people have been raving about Asanebo so I went in there with very high expectations. Maybe the sushi chef thought that we were rubes and gave us crappy fish? I normally pay this much at restaurants but in this case it really wasn't worth it.

    The Michelin people need to get their tongues over to Sushi Nishi-ya; but alas, it's probably not trendy enough for them.


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    1. re: Bon Vivant
      howard81 Nov 15, 2007 08:54 AM

      I'm not a big sushi fan, but I love cooked Japanese food. Is there much of a selection here?

      1. re: howard81
        Bon Vivant Nov 15, 2007 10:07 AM

        The two best dishes were not sushi: a fabulous spinach salad and the deep fried spanish mackerel bones (which we asked for). We requested the omakase but if I remember correctly, there are many cooked items as well.


        1. re: howard81
          Diana Nov 15, 2007 10:09 AM

          A pretty good one, actually. He does some Kaiseki-style things, too!

          Here is a sorta menu from a prior visit of mine. I don't know if it's up to date, but it gives you an idea of Asanebo's bounty of goodness!

          "Shishito" Grilled Japanese Peppers w/ bonito flakes

          Home-made Sesame Tofu

          "Mozuku" Slipperly Seaweed w/ vinegar

          "Oshinko" Assorted Japanese Pickles

          "Renkon" Lotus Root Chips w/ dipping sauce

          Soy Flavored Salmon Eggs

          " Agedashi Tofu" Fried tofu w/ soy flavored dipping sauce

          " Hama" or " Kumamoto" Oyster On The Half Shell

          House Special Baby Spinach & Portabella Mushroom Salad

          Albacore Sashimi Salad With vegetable dressing

          " Sunomono" Cucumber & seaweed salad

          (Cucumber & seaweed salad) with shrimp

          (Cucumber & seaweed salad) with king crab

          Tofu Miso Soup

          "Nameko" Mushroom Miso Soup

          "Asari" (Little Neck) Clam Miso Soup

          Seabass Miso Soup

          Red Snapper Collar Miso Soup

          Cold Seafood Specialties
          Seafood Tuna Sashimi With tosazu sauce & side of fresh garlic

          Halibut Sashimi With citrus pepper 14.00

          Red Snapper Sashimi With sea salt & citrus

          Salmon Sashimi Salad With caviar

          Tender Octopus Sashimi With sea salt

          Spanish Mackerel Sashimi With ponzu sauce

          Fresh Sashimi (Sliced Fish)

          Blue Fin Tuna

          * Toro (Fatty Tuna)

          Albacore Tuna


          Kanpachi (Amaller Size Yellow Tail)

          Sea Urchin Sashimi is available on all fresh fish, also, assorted sashimi platter is availabe upon request.

          Grilled Black Cod Marinated w/ miso

          Grilled Chilean Seabass With creamy pepper sauce

          Grilled Salmon With mashed potatoes & salmon eggs

          Grilled Yellow Tail Collar

          Asanebo's "Natural Beef" Filet Mignon Steak

          Grilled Range-Free Chicken, With sweet soy or salt & lemon

          Deep Fried Dishes
          Shrimp and White Fish Spring Roll With plum sauce

          Fried Calamari Stuffed w/ asparagus

          King Crab Claw Tempura With ponzu (one piece per order)

          Deep Fried Flounder With ponzu or vegetable sauce

          Sea Urchin Tempura Wrapped w/ shiso leaf ((Two Piece Per Order))

          Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab With ponzu

          Japanese Eggplant With ground chicken sauce

          Honey Breaded Deep Fried Oyster With dipping sauce

          Sauteed Dishes
          Sauteed Shitake, Shimeji Mushrooms & Asparagus

          Sauteed Baby Abalone With shitake mushroom

          Sauteed Green Mussels With spicy garlic sauce

          Steamed Dishes
          Steamed Cat Fish With spicy miso sauce & fresh ginger

          Steamed Red Snapper Woth soba noodle

          Steamed Little Neck Clams With enoki mushrooms

          Steamed Pork Wonton With shreded ginger & green onions

          Tuna (blue Fin) Hon-maguro

          Tuna Maguro Regular

          Albacore Tuna Siro maguro

          Fatty Tuna Toro

          Yellowtail Buri


          Hlibut Hirame

          Halibut Fin Engawa

          Red Snapper Ttai

          Salmon Sake

          Shrimp Ebi

          Sweet Shrimp Amaebi (MP)

          Jumbo Clam Mirugai

          Octopus Tako

          Scallops Hotategai

          Squid Ika (MP)

          Spanish Mackerel Aji

          Mackerel Saba (MP)

          Sweet Egg Custard Tamago

          King Crab Kani

          Salmon Egg Ikura

          Fresh Water Eel Unagi

          Sea Eel Anago

          Smelt Egg Masego

          Sea Urchin Uni

          Pickled Eggplant Nasu

          Cucumber Roll Kappa maki

          California Roll (Hand Roll) (Cut Roll)

          Spicy Tuna Roll (Hand Roll) (Cut Roll)

          Yellowtail & Green Onion Roll (Hand Roll)(Cut Roll)

          Fatty Tuna & Green Onion Roll (MP)

          Soft Shell Crab Roll ((Cut Roll))

          Salmon Skin Roll ((Hand Roll))

          Quail Egg with extra

          Recommendable Dishes
          Toro Sashimi

          Toro Tartar With cavlar

          Kanpachi Sashimi With sesame miso & serano pepper

          Japanese Red Snapper Sashimi With sea salt & cltrus

          Halibut Sashimi With fresh truffle

          Spanish Mackerel Sashimi

          Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi

          Asanbo's Seafood Ceviche

          Seared Toro Special With garlic

          Shlltake Mushroom Tempura Stuffed With red snapper 7.00

          Rock Shrimp Tempura 12.00

          Deep Fried Flounder With ponzu or vegetable sauce

          1. re: Diana
            blackbookali Nov 15, 2007 01:13 PM

            that's insane. insane.

            1. re: Diana
              fdb Nov 15, 2007 03:35 PM

              Thanks for the list. There are so much to go back for..... I'm salivating....

        2. d
          Diana Nov 15, 2007 07:18 AM

          I truly love Asanebo. Thanks to the French and their tire company guide, I will have trouble getting a seat at the bar fro months. Boo on that.

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            Alex250 Nov 15, 2007 06:28 AM

            How much was it?


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            1. re: Alex250
              fdb Nov 15, 2007 06:55 AM

              Omakase starts at $75 to $100, and then 2 more price ranges...something like $100 to $150, and $150 & up. You tell them your range and they'll serve what is fresh. We chose $75 to $100. Our lunch included a salad (baby spinach & marinated shiitake mushroom), sashimi (about 4 courses) , soup (seafood & mushroom in a small tea kettle), cooked items (3 items), then nigiri ( 7-8 pcs). I don't remember the exact charge but I think around $85 pp before tax & tip.

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